Unveiling the Time Warp: Does Stress Make You Age?
Short answer, it is likely that excessive stress causes aging to accelerate.
The word excessive is doing a lot of work here, but we all know for a fact how life can be full of stressful situations at times, right?
You may experience stress one way or another in your life and it’s actually a normal reaction. However, long term stress affects your physical and mental health as well as emotional well-being. And come to think of it, does chronic stress actually make you look older?
There may be natural ways to combat stress, such as CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) and other plant derived compounds. In this blog, let’s chat about the connection between stress and aging. You’ll also see how a healthy lifestyle and this natural compound might help you face stress and its impact on your body’s aging process.
- When you are constantly under stressors, it can bring many negative effects on your body and it really makes people age faster. This is due to those nasty stress hormones and inflammation it causes.
- Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) in your body works like a built-in stress-buster, working behind the scenes to keep you balanced and feeling good all over.
- New studies CBDA as a natural compound found in raw cannabis plants found that it has the most absorption of any cannabinoid, and targets critical stress systems in the body like the ECS and serotonin receptors.
- Also, there are other simple and natural ways you can relieve stress and prevent early aging too, like exercising, getting enough sleep, eating well, staying hydrated, and stress management techniques. It’s really all about taking care of yourself, so you can feel and look your best!
- The science of stress and aging
- The endocannabinoid system and stress
- The CBDA connection
- Natural ways to relieve stress and combat early aging
The Science of Stress and Aging
So, have you ever thought of it or wondered how extreme stress could be making you age faster and look older? Let me break it down for you, so you can better understand the science behind it.
You see, your body has this natural response to stress, where it releases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These pesky hormones can be pretty helpful in the short term. Basically, your stress response actually helps you face threats and challenges.
But unfortunately, when stress becomes your constant companion, these hormones can cause a whole lot of trouble, leading to some health issues and, you guessed it, accelerated aging.
There are a number of changes that can occur at the cellular level from stress that lead to damage associated with aging:
- Let’s talk about human DNA. Picture the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces – those are like the structures called telomeres that protect your DNA. As our cells divide and your DNA replicates, this leads to shorter telomeres and eventually causes cell death. This process is just a normal part of a person’s aging process, but guess what? When you always feel overwhelmed and constantly in a worry, stress can affect telomere length, causing your cells to age more quickly than the normal rate.
- Chronic stress doesn’t just mess with your DNA. Sadly, it can also lead to long term inflammation. Inflammation is usually a good thing when it’s a natural response to injury or infection. However, when it sticks around for a long time, it can damage our healthy cells and tissues. This damage can cause some age-related diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, and even neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
- It is now fairly well accepted that oxidative stress, the excess production of free radicals, are a critical way that aging advances. Many studies have now linked anxiety and stress to elevated levels to aging through increased production of free radicals.
If this doesnt show you the long term consequences of not making stress relief a priority, I dont know what will!
The Endocannabinoid System and Stress
Now you know how stress can make you feel older than you actually are, right? Well, let’s dive more into the topic of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and see how it helps you cope with stress and even anxiety.
Picture the ECS as a super-smart cell-signaling system that keeps your body in tip-top shape. You can think of it like a behind-the-scenes hero, making sure everything runs smoothly and maintains a healthy internal balance.
So, you might wonder, but what does the ECS exactly do? It’s in charge of keeping an eye on various processes in your body, like your mood, appetite, sleep, and immune function.
The ECS has three main parts: endocannabinoids, the natural compounds that connect with cannabinoid receptors, receptors CB1 and CB2, and enzymes that break down endocannabinoids. When you’re stressed out, our ECS takes action to help you find balance and feel more relaxed.
The CBDA Connection
So, let’s talk about cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) for a moment. It’s a natural compound found in raw cannabis plants and is actually the starting point for the more famous cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD).
When cannabis gets heated or exposed to sunlight, CBDA turns into CBD through this process called decarboxylation.
One fascinating part of CBDA is how it interacts with your body’s ECS. CBDA’s interaction with the ECS can help support its overall functioning, which in turn can help you deal and handle stress more effectively. By working in harmony with your body’s natural systems, CBDA may contribute to reducing the nasty effects of stress on your aging process.
Now, some recent studies suggest that CBDA might have some more unique benefits for managing stress and aging. Here are a few ways CBDA could help you out:
Inhibition of the COX-2 enzyme
It turns out that CBDA can put a stop to the COX-2 enzyme, which is responsible for creating these pro-inflammatory compounds called prostaglandins. By stopping this enzyme, CBDA might help your body reduce inflammation, which, as I mentioned before, plays a big part in early aging.
If you’ve ever taken an aspirin or ibuprofen, then you have taken an NSAID (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug) for treating inflammation. What the NSAIDs have in common with CBDA is they inhibit COX-2, helping reduce inflammation and its long term damaging effects.
Did you know that serotonin is this super important neurotransmitter that helps you regulate your mood, sleep, and appetite? Some new research shows that CBDA interacts better with the serotonin receptor (5-HT1A) than CBD, making it potentially more effective at regulating serotonin levels.
This could help you feel less stressed and anxious, boosting your well-being and slowing down the impact of stress on the aging process.
Another pesky thing that contributes to early aging is oxidative stress, which happens when there’s an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body. But the good news is that CBDA has potent antioxidant properties!This only means it can help neutralize free radicals and protect your cells from damage, preventing early aging.
Natural Ways to Relieve Stress and Combat Early Aging
While CBDA is a pretty promising option for busting stress and combating early aging, it’s also essential to add natural lifestyle changes to relieve chronic stress and keep early aging at bay. Here are some simple, yet effective strategies you can easily add into your daily routine:
- Exercise Regularly: Boosts your endorphin levels and promotes better blood circulation for a youthful appearance.
- Establish a Sleep Routine: Go for 7-9 hours of Zzzz’s each night and create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedtime routine.
- Practice Mindfulness and Meditation: Improves stress management, promotes deep relaxation, and makes sleep quality better.
- Eat a Healthy Diet: Fill your diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats for proper nutrition and cell protection.
- Stay Hydrated: Make sure to drink water daily for your overall health and a youthful complexion. A good approximation is an ounce of water per pound of bodyweight.
- Connect with Others: Foster positive relationships through social connections to reduce stress and boost your well-being.
Stress is quite an unavoidable part of life, but it doesn’t have to take over and make you age faster. By understanding the science behind stress and aging, as well as the role of the endocannabinoid system and the potential benefits of CBDA, you can take effective steps to manage stress more effectively.
Plus, when you incorporate simple lifestyle changes, it can make a big impact in how you cope with stress and maintain a youthful appearance. So, take charge of your well-being and give stress the boot, so you can feel and look our best for many years to come!